By Jiuondgie Lyon

SAT Vocabulary 2019

This hot SAT words list is selected from mainstream English medium based on popular topics of 2019. It's an express supplement to prepare SAT test. Each word has examples and contexts, which help very much to master new a word precisely.

We also include SAT vocabulary 2018-2017 in this page to further reference, and add more example sentences originated from classic books.

To meet with diverse requirements to prepare SAT vocabulary, we also recommend below 3 SAT word-lists that help to further your reading and writing vocabulary skill.



advert   Speak
n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service
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altar   Speak
n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
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antipathy   Speak
n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike
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apartheid   Speak
n. a policy or practice of separating or segregating groups
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bead   Speak
n. small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading
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boost   Speak
v. raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below; assist in further development or progress
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burgeon   Speak
v. to develop or grow rapidly
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bursary   Speak
n. treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order; scholarship granted to a university student in need
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butt   Speak
v. hit with the head or horns
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buzz   Speak
v. be very excited and happy
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cannibalize   Speak
v. remove parts of machine for use in other similar machines; consume another of one's own type or kind
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capsize   Speak
v. to cause to overturn (usually a vessel)
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cardiovascular   Speak
a. of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels
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conceive   Speak
v. to form or develop in the mind
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concoct   Speak
v. prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking; devise, using skill and intelligence
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conspire   Speak
v. make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act
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coronation   Speak
n. act or ceremony of crowning a sovereign or the sovereign's consort; ceremony of installing a new monarch
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coup   Speak
n. a sudden take-over of leadership or power
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crew cut   Speak
n. a very short haircut for men and boys
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cryptography   Speak
n. act or art of writing in code or secret characters; also, secret characters, codes or ciphers, or messages written in a secret code
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daft   Speak
a. mad; crazy; simple; stupid; foolish; gay; playful
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demilitarize   Speak
v. remove or reduce an area's military power
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denounce   Speak
v. publicly declare to be wrong or evil
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deprive   Speak
v. take away possessions from someone
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dilettante   Speak
n. a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real knowledge
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discourse   Speak
n. formal discussion on a topic, either written or spoken
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doom   Speak
v. destine to an unhappy end
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doomsday   Speak
n. judgment day; day of the last judgment; day of death
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dour   Speak
a. hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect
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dredger   Speak
n. one who fishes with a dredge, which is an instrument used to gather things by dragging
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edict   Speak
n. a formal command or order issued by an authority and having the force of law
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egocentric   Speak
a. thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings of others; self-centered
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emblazon   Speak
v. adorn richly with prominent markings; make illustrious; celebrate
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endowment   Speak
n. funds or property donated to an institution or individual as a source of income
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ensemble   Speak
n. a complete costume of harmonizing, complementary clothing and accessories
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excursion   Speak
n. movement of something along a path or through an angle
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foible   Speak
n. a minor weakness in someone's character
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foray   Speak
n. sudden raid or military advance; venture or initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area
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frenzy   Speak
n. a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior
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groundscraper   Speak
n. sprawling low-height building or complex
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grudge   Speak
n. a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment
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hack   Speak
v. gain illegal access to computer or network
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hairdo   Speak
n. style of a person's hair
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handed-down   Speak
a. passed on to a later generation or age
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harsh   Speak
a. unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
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haunt   Speak
v. visit often; appear to in the form of ghost or other supernatural being; come to the mind of continually
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hide   Speak
n. skin of an animal, especially the thick tough skin or pelt of a large animal
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hookup   Speak
n. meeting with someone, or to begin a relationship
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hosanna   Speak
n. cry of praise or adoration to God; a Hebrew exclamation of praise to the Lord, or an invocation of blessings
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humpback   Speak
n. abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column; crooked back or humped back; humpback whale, fish, person
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hypocrite   Speak
n. a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
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intrepid   Speak
a. fearless, brave, bold
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jingle   Speak
v. make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound
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junta   Speak
n. a group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power; small legislative body in a government, especially in Central or South America
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jurisdiction   Speak
n. the right and power to interpret and apply the law; authority or control
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ledge   Speak
n. horizontal projection forming a narrow shelf on a wall; cut or projection forming a shelf on a cliff or rock wall
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maim   Speak
v. to disable or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other body parts
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mammon   Speak
n. material wealth regarded as having an evil influence
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manipulate   Speak
v. move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner; tamper with or falsify for personal gain
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mind-blower   Speak
n. one that intensely affects the mind or emotions
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moron   Speak
n. a stupid person
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par   Speak
n. face value of a stock or other security, as distinct from its market value
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paradox   Speak
n. seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true; a statement contrary to received opinion
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parch   Speak
v. make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat
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pavilion   Speak
n. ornate tent; light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter, as at parks or fairs
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pedigree   Speak
n. list of ancestors; family tree
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point blank   Speak
a. close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible; so close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it
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ponder   Speak
v. to think deeply and thoroughly
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propaganda   Speak
n. a set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people
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prospective   Speak
a. possible, expected or expecting to be something particular in the future
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prowess   Speak
n. superior skill or ability
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purport   Speak
v. appear or claim to be or do something
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ram   Speak
v. roughly force something into place
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rehydrate   Speak
v. restore water that has been removed or lost; moisten something that has dried
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rendition   Speak
n. performance of a musical or dramatic work; interpretation of a musical score or a dramatic piece
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retardant   Speak
n. an agent that slows down or delays the actions of something
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rover   Speak
n. crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring planet or stars; pirate vessel
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segregation   Speak
n. action or state of setting someone or something apart from others
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sermon   Speak
n. religious discourse delivered as part of a church service
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shackle   Speak
n. something that confines the legs or arms
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shrug off   Speak
v. to minimize the importance of; get rid of
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slur   Speak
n. allegation about someone to insult others or damage their reputation
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socialite   Speak
n. a person who is well known in fashionable society and is fond of social activities
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sonar   Speak
n. a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return
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sorority   Speak
n. a society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes
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spawn   Speak
v. produce offspring in large numbers; deposit eggs; produce spawn
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Stalin-esque   Speak
n. manner as Stalin; -esque: in the style or manner of
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stamina   Speak
n. physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness, fatigue, or hardship; endurance
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steamy   Speak
a. sexually exciting or including a lot of sexual activity
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stellar   Speak
a. composed of stars; outstanding, marked by eminence and distinction
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stigma   Speak
n. mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach; small mark or scar
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tick off   Speak
v. sign with a tick; annoy or aggravate
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tirade   Speak
n. a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation
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to no avail   Speak
ad. without success
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trio   Speak
n. a group or set of three
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trot out   Speak
v. bring out and show for inspection or admiration
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tuck   Speak
v. push, fold, or turn so as to hide them or hold them in place
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tundra   Speak
n. treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil
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unchecked   Speak
a. not held in check; unrestrained; not examined for accuracy, efficiency
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up-and-coming   Speak
a. making good progress and likely to become successful
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woo   Speak
v. seek someone's favor
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SAT Vocabulary 2017-2018
abbot  Speak
a man who is the head of an abbey of monks

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abdominal  Speak
related to the abdomen or belly, which contains the stomach and bowels
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abject  Speak
degraded; servile; groveling; despicable
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accolade  Speak
an expression of approval; praise; a special acknowledgment; an award
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accrete  Speak
grow by accumulation or coalescence
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acutely  Speak
in a way that shows a perceptive understanding or insight

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adage  Speak
an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use
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aeronautical  Speak
of or pertaining to the scientific study of flight
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aggregate  Speak
a whole formed by combining several elements

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aggressor  Speak
the person who first attacks; the person who begins hostility or a quarrel
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algae  Speak
plural of a type of aquatic life form, such as seaweed; any of many aquatic photosynthetic organisms, whose size ranges from a single cell to giant kelps and whose form is very diverse
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algorithm  Speak
precise step-by-step plan for solving a problem
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Americana  Speak
all things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life
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anew  Speak
once more; again; in a new and different way
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aquifer  Speak
underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
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arbitrary  Speak
based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random
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arena  Speak
an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events
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aromatic  Speak
having a pleasant and distinctive smell

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aspect  Speak
look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region
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assimilate  Speak
to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into
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atoll  Speak
a type of island consisting of a ribbon reef that nearly or entirely surrounds a lagoon and supports, in most cases, one to many islets on the reef platform
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atrocity  Speak
extreme criminality or cruelty; quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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austerity  Speak
severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury
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avid  Speak
having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something

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bailiff  Speak
legal officer to whom some degree of authority
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beefed-up  Speak
made greater or stronger
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beforehand  Speak
in advance; early; at an earlier or preceding time
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behemoth  Speak
something of enormous size or power
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beleaguer  Speak
surround with military forces, as with troubles

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blasé  Speak
unimpressed with something because of over-familiarity
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blaze  Speak
burn fiercely or brightly

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blizzard  Speak
a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility

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bolster  Speak
to brace, reinforce, secure, or support
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bombast  Speak
high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people

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booth  Speak
small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others; small stall for the display and sale of goods
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breeze-block  Speak
a large, grey brick made from ashes and cement

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buoyant  Speak
light; able to float; not sinking
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calamity  Speak
an event resulting in great loss
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canter  Speak
gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop, consisting of three beats and a "suspension" phase, where there are no feet on the ground
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capitalist  Speak
an investor of capital in business, especially one having a major financial interest in; an important enterprise supporter of capitalism; person of great wealth
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capitulation  Speak
act of surrendering to an enemy upon stipulated terms
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caribou  Speak
large reindeer native to northern North America
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cascade  Speak
a small waterfall
a process whereby something is successively passed on

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cataract  Speak
disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness
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categorical  Speak
absolute; having no exception
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cement  Speak
a powdery substance, mixed with sand, gravel, and water to make concrete

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chaos  Speak
complete disorder and confusion

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churlish  Speak
rude, surly, ungracious; stingy or grudging; difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
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claustrophobic  Speak
suffering from claustrophobia; being scared of being enclosed in a confined space
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coincide  Speak
to happen at the same time or during the same period, to occupy exactly the same space
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concubine  Speak
in certain societies, such as imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status
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conglomerate  Speak
corporation formed by the combination of several smaller corporations whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity; cluster of many different things
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conjure  Speak
summon up using supernatural power; evoke
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conscientious  Speak
thorough, careful, or vigilant; implies a desire to do a task well; characterized by extreme care and great effort
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constituency  Speak
district represented by one or more elected officials
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constitute  Speak
give legal or constitutional form to an institution; establish by law

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consumerism  Speak
an attachment to materialistic positions; economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy in the long run
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contain  Speak
keep within limits; not to allow to spread

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contrivance  Speak
something overly artful or artificial; a means, such as an elaborate plan or a tool, to accomplish a certain objective
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conveyor  Speak
a person or thing that conveys, transports or delivers
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convoke  Speak
to call together; to cause to assemble for a meeting
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cordite  Speak
a smokeless explosive, used in ammunition

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cornice  Speak
horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls
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corrugated  Speak
marked with parallel folds, ridges or furrows; bent into regular curved folds or grooves
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cosiness  Speak
quality of being comfortable, pleasant, and warm

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crookedness  Speak
tortuousness, contortion, tortuosity,

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crouch  Speak
adopting a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down

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crowdfund  Speak
fund a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people

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crusade  Speak
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
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culpable  Speak
deserving condemnation, censure or blame, especially as something wrong, harmful or injurious; blameworthy
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custody  Speak
protective care or guardianship of someone or something

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daffy  Speak
an informal way of saying crazy
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defrock  Speak
to deprive of the right to practice a profession, to strip of priestly privileges and functions
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descend  Speak
move from a higher to a lower place; come or go down; arrive or attack in a sudden or an overwhelming manner
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diminish  Speak
make smaller or less or to cause to appear so; detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of
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disparate  Speak
composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous; essentially different
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dither  Speak
be indecisive

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doodle  Speak
figure, design, or scribble drawn or written absent-mindedly; mindless person
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downfall  Speak
a loss of power, prosperity, or status

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drain  Speak
deprive of strength or vitality

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dupe  Speak
to swindle, deceive, or trick
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dynasty  Speak
succession of rulers from the same family or line
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earthy  Speak
rough, coarse, or plain in taste

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eaves  Speak
the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building

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elongated  Speak
extensive in length; having a length noticeably longer than the width
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emaciation  Speak
act of making lean or thin in flesh; state of becoming thin by gradual wasting of flesh
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ember  Speak
small, glowing piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
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emblematic  Speak
serving as, or relating to a symbol, emblem or illustration of a type
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encrust  Speak
cover something with a hard surface layer

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enmesh  Speak
to tangle or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated, particularly in a mesh or net like manner; to involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult
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ephemeral  Speak
lasting for a short period of time
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epicentre  Speak
the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake

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epidemic  Speak
a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population
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equine  Speak
relating to, or characteristic of a horse
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equity  Speak
ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business; ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets
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erudite  Speak
having or showing great knowledge or learning

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eschew  Speak
avoid, shun
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Eurosceptic  Speak
who has doubts of increasing the powers of the European Union
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exemplify  Speak
be a typical example of

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explicit  Speak
specific, clear, or detailed
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expropriation  Speak
the act of taking an individual's private property for public use
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extant  Speak
currently existing; not having disappeared
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feckless  Speak
without skill, ineffective, incompetent; lacking purpose
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ferry  Speak
convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water

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fickle  Speak
changing frequently, especially as regards one's loyalties

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floorwalker  Speak
employee in a large shop (especially a department store) who acts as supervisor to sales staff, and assists customers
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flotilla  Speak
a small fleet, or a fleet of small vessals
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fraught  Speak
causing or affected by great anxiety or stress

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frenzy  Speak
a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior

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fret  Speak
be constantly or visibly worried or anxious

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fume  Speak
feel, show, or express great anger

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funnel  Speak
to direct (money or resources); to proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel
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furor  Speak
general uproar or commotion; violent anger or frenzy; state of intense excitement
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gargantuan  Speak
of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic
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glacier  Speak
large body of ice which flows under its own mass, usually downhill
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glean  Speak
gather grain left behind by reapers; collect bit by bit
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gnaw  Speak
bite at or nibble something persistently

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graffiti  Speak
any writings or drawings on a surface in a public place, placed there without authorization of the owner of the object on which it is written
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grainy  Speak
resemble grains; granular; coarsely ground or gritty
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grandiose  Speak
impressive or magnificent in appearance or style

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granny  Speak
grandmother, grandmother style

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grisly  Speak
horrifyingly repellent; terrifying, gruesome
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groom  Speak
prepare or train someone for a particular purpose or activity

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guillotine  Speak
a machine with a heavy blade sliding vertically in grooves, used for beheading people

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hallowed  Speak
worthy of religious veneration,sacrosanct
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harbinger  Speak
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner
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harken  Speak
to hark back, to return or revert (to a subject), to allude to, to evoke, to long or pine for (a past event or era)
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hawkish  Speak
supportive of warlike foreign policy; bellicose; inclined toward military action
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hedge fund  Speak
a professionally-managed investment fund that seeks to maximize profits, usually by pursuing unconventional strategies
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hoax  Speak
a humorous or malicious deception

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holistic  Speak
relating to a study of the whole instead of a separation into parts
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howitzer  Speak
a short gun for firing shells at low velocities

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humane  Speak
having or showing compassion or benevolence

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hydraulic  Speak
of, involving, moved by, or operated by a fluid, especially water, under pressure
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hype  Speak
promote or publicize a product or idea intensively

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impassion  Speak
make passionate

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incense  Speak
cause to be extremely angry; set on fire; cause to burn; inflame; make hot or eager
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indictment  Speak
a formal accusation
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infuse  Speak
to instill a quality of; add scent or flavor by steeping ingredients in it
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inordinate  Speak
unusually or disproportionately large; excessive

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instigate  Speak
stimulate to an action, urge, goad on
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insurgency  Speak
rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent
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interstellar  Speak
between the stars; among the stars
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intractable  Speak
not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable
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introspection  Speak
the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; reflection
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jacuzzi  Speak
a large bath with a system of underwater jets of water to massage the body

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jubilant  Speak
joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
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lacklustre  Speak
having no shine; lacking brilliance or intelligence
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lambaste  Speak
scold, reprimand or criticize harshly; to give a thrashing to; to beat severely
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larcenist  Speak
thief; one who commits larceny(theft)
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laudable  Speak
deserving or worthy of praise and commendation
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linchpin  Speak
a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation; a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
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lineage  Speak
lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree

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litigation  Speak
a legal proceeding in a court, a lawsuit
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litmus test  Speak
a test in which a single factor is decisive; an instrument that is used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable
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lodestar  Speak
a star used as a navigation reference, particularly a pole star such as Polaris; a guiding tenet or principle.
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ludicrous  Speak
so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous

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lumbering  Speak
clumsy, slow, or awkward
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lustre  Speak
soft glow, especially that of a partly reflective surface

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magnate  Speak
powerful industrialist; captain of industry; a person of rank, influence or distinction in any sphere
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malaise  Speak
feeling of discomfort or unpleasantness, often due to illness; feeling of depression
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malodorous  Speak
having a bad odor, having an offensive smell
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mammal  Speak
any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals, including humans, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin
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man  Speak
work at, run, or operate a place or piece of equipment

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measles  Speak
an acute and contagious viral disease (usually of childhood), common symptoms include red skin rash, fever, and cough
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meteorite  Speak
stony or metallic mass of matter that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space
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mettle  Speak
person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation

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mitigation  Speak
alleviation; relief; abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe etc
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modus operandi  Speak
normal mode of operation; known criminal's established habits and mode of work when committing specific offences
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mortality  Speak
death, especially on a large scale

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mortar  Speak
muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories
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motivate  Speak
cause someone to behave in a particular way

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mythos  Speak
myth; mythology; story or set of stories having significant truth or meaning for particular culture, religion, or other group
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neonate  Speak
newborn infant; recently born baby
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nix  Speak
put an end to, cancel

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Nordic  Speak
of or relating to Scandinavia, a region in Northern Europe that includes Norway, Denmark and Sweden
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notch  Speak
score or achieve something

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oafish  Speak
stupid, uncultured, or clumsy

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obscurity  Speak
state of being unknown
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obsession  Speak
compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion
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opprobrium  Speak
cause of shame or disgrace; disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; scornful reproach or contempt
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orchestrate  Speak
arrange or direct diverse elements to achieve a desired effect
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outback  Speak
remote rural part of a country especially of Australia or New Zealand
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palpable  Speak
capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible; obvious or easily noticeable.
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parapet  Speak
low retaining wall; part of a perimeter that extends above the roof; a fortification consisting of a wall
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parlay  Speak
convert into something better; carry forward the stake and winnings from a bet onto a subsequent wager
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peddler  Speak
one who deals in or promotes something intangible

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pepper  Speak
to be covered with lots of (something made up of small things); to add (something) at frequent intervals
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peremptory  Speak
insisting on immediate attention or obedience;
rude and unreasonable

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pervade  Speak
to be present throughout, to pass through
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photon  Speak
a particle representing a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation

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piazza  Speak
public square in an Italian town; roofed and arcaded passageway
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pirouette  Speak
to perform a whirl on the toes, like a dancer, usually in ballet
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platitude  Speak
a remark or statement, especially with moral content, that is too often to be interesting

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playoff  Speak
additional game or period of play that decides the outcome

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plexus  Speak
a network or interwoven mass, especially (anatomy) of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
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poignant  Speak
profoundly moving; touching; agreeably intense or stimulating
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ponder  Speak
to think deeply and thoroughly
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populism  Speak
support for the concerns of ordinary people

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precipitation  Speak
rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground

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pretrial  Speak
a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial

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proletariat  Speak
workers or working-class people, regarded collectively

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prominence  Speak
something prominent, especially an area of land raised above its surroundings
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prosaic  Speak
straight-forward; plain and simple to the point of boring
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protean  Speak
exceedingly variable; readily taking on different shapes or forms
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pulverize  Speak
press or crush something until it becomes powder or a soft mass

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pummel  Speak
beat, as with the fists; hit or strike heavily and repeatedly
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quarters  Speak
housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families

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quintessential  Speak
having properties of being the most perfect example of its type or the most perfect embodiment of something
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raft  Speak
a large but unspecified number
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rag-tag  Speak
made up of different people or things and not organized well
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ramshackle  Speak
in disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles
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ravenous  Speak
very hungry
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reach  Speak
a continuous extent of land or water, especially a stretch of river between two bends

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ream  Speak
an abstract large amount of something; a bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually containing 500 sheets
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reconciliation  Speak
renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity; getting two things to correspond
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refractory  Speak
difficult to work, resistant to treatment, resistant to authority
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remittance  Speak
payment to a remote recipient; sending of money to someone far away
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render  Speak
give or make available; provide; cause to become
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rendition  Speak
interpretation of a musical score or a dramatic piece; performance of a musical or dramatic work
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repatriate  Speak
restore a person to his or her own country
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revel  Speak
take great pleasure or delight
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reversal  Speak
a change to an opposite direction, position, or course of action

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ribald  Speak
coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous; obscene; filthy
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rout  Speak
disturbance; tumult; a loud noise
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saga  Speak
ancient Scandinavian legend or tradition of considerable length; tale
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sanctity  Speak
the condition of being considered sacred or inviolable
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sanitation  Speak
practical application of knowledge and science to the preservation of health
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sapphire  Speak
a transparent precious stone, typically blue

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scorpion  Speak
a small creature similar to an insect that lives in hot, dry areas of the world and has a long body and a curved tail with a poisonous sting

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scrabble  Speak
move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws; to scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws
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scruffy  Speak
shabby and untidy or dirty

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scuffle  Speak
a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters

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searing  Speak
very hot, blistering or boiling
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self-contained  Speak
complete, or having all that is needed, in itself

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self-deprecating  Speak
expressing disapproval or being critical of oneself; aware of your own shortcomings
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sensational  Speak
provocative; piquing or arousing the senses
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serrated  Speak
saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections
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shatter  Speak
cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow
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sheik  Speak
leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe; islamic religious clergy
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siege  Speak
a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies

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skivvy  Speak
close-fitting, long-sleeved t-shirt with a rolled collar
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sneak  Speak
go or move in a quiet, stealthy way; behave in a cowardly or servile manner
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spawn  Speak
produce or deposit eggs, as fishes; bring forth, generate
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sphinx  Speak
mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of an animal
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spike  Speak
a sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration

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spiral  Speak
rise or fall with steady acceleration; increase continually
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spoof  Speak
imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect.

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sporadic  Speak
rare and scattered in occurrence, exhibiting random behavior; patternless
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spurn  Speak
reject with disdain or contempt
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stagnate  Speak
cease activity, flow, or advancement
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stalwart  Speak
one who firmly supports a cause; one who is strongly built
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stand a chance  Speak
have a prospect of success or survival

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statutory  Speak
relating to, enacted or regulated by a statute or authority
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stigmatize  Speak
to characterize as disgraceful or ignominious; to mark with a stigma or stigmata
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stoke  Speak
add coal or other solid fuel to a fire, furnace, or boiler

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strangle  Speak
cut off the oxygen supply of
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street-boy  Speak
mischievous boy, naughty boy

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stump speech  Speak
political speech for campaigning
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stunt  Speak
difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
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sublime  Speak
high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth
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summersault  Speak
somersault;leap in which a person turns his heels over his head and lights upon his feet; turning end over end
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sumptuous  Speak
appearance of being splendid, expensive or grand
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supplant  Speak
to take the place of; to replace, to supersede
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susceptible  Speak
easily influenced or affected; especially sensitive
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swoop  Speak
move rapidly downward through the air

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tactile  Speak
perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible; used for feeling
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temper  Speak
person state of mind being angry or calm

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terrestrial  Speak
of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants; living or growing on land; not aquatic
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tome  Speak
a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one

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touchline  Speak
sidelines bordering the playing field in soccer and Rugby
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treachery  Speak
betrayal of trust; deceptive action or nature

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tremor  Speak
an involuntary quivering movement

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tuber  Speak
thickened underground part of a stem or rhizome

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ubiquitous  Speak
existing and being everywhere; omnipresent
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unassailable  Speak
secure against attack, impregnable; undeniable, incontestable or incontrovertible
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unequivocal  Speak
unambiguous; without equivocation or ambiguity; singularly clear, unmistakable, or unquestionable
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utopia  Speak
an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect

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vantage  Speak
a place or position that gives a good view; advantage
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verbiage  Speak
overabundance of words; using too many words without necessity
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verisimilitude  Speak
the property of appearing to be true or real
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vibrate  Speak
echo, resonate; continue to be heard

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vilification  Speak
abusively disparaging speech or writing

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virulent  Speak
highly infectious, malignant, or deadly
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wary  Speak
feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems

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watershed  Speak
region of land within which water flows down into a specified body; critical point marking a change in course or development
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weapon-wielding  Speak
holding weapon in hands and ready to use it

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wrest  Speak
obtain by pulling or violent force; to seize; to pull or twist violently
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yardage  Speak
measurement or amount in yards; use or convenience of a yard or inclosure, as in receiving, lading, or unlading cattle, etc., from railroad-cars
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